Spice up an anniversary by giving a funny gift. Whether the gift is to another couple or a spouse, humour is a welcomed and memorable gift. There are several universal ideas that most married couples, young or old, will enjoy.
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Personalised Pillow Cases with a Twist
Make a humorous gift of the popular "couples pillow cases." A wedding gift pillowcase set is typically two pillowcases with "his" and "hers" or "Mr." and "Mrs." embroidered on the edges. Use a fabric paint pen to write the desired phrases on two pillow cases, one for him and one for her. Add a third pillowcase to indicate that the couple most likely has a pet sleeping between them on the bed. Write the name of the family pet, or just the words "dog" or "cat" on a third pillow case. If the couple doesn't have a pet, write the names of the kids on the third pillow case.
Obtain some post cards or photos of the city where the couple spent their honeymoon. This idea is especially funny for the early anniversaries, but will be a fun gift for all couples. Give the couple a collection of the post cards or photos with a note that says, "Thought you'd like to know what the OUTSIDE of the room looks like."
Old Married People Gifts
A long-standing joke about marriage is that the woman begins to wear flannel nightgowns instead of the more revealing ones she wore in the first years of the marriage. Give the couple a matching flannel pajama and nightgown set. Another bit of marriage humour is that the couple doesn't shave as often as when they were dating and first married. Give the couple a pair of toy chain saws and some cans of shaving cream as a gag gift.
Guy's Night to Cook
During the dating period, or early in the marriage, a man might cook a special meal to give the woman a break from cooking. That tradition often fades, and a man's turn to cook ends up being a takeout meal or pizza order. Gift wrap a manly-looking apron or a cooking tool, such as a spatula. Inside the wrapped package, place one or more gift cards to the couples' favourite restaurants, or even for delivery pizza.
Cards and Sentiments
Send cards by e-mail to the couple, or to one another. Free humorous cards are available through online card companies like American Greetings and Hallmark (see Resources). Design a poem to frame and give. Humorous quotes can be found on sites like Best Wedding Anniversary Gifts (see Resources). Make a poster or replica of a magazine cover using historical things that happened on the couple's anniversary date, as well as the couple's anniversary date and names. Brainy History (see Resources) is one website that lists historical events by date.
Gifts for Each Other
Make a fun twist on the yearly anniversary gift listing. Give toilet paper for the first anniversary "paper" gift, cotton swabs or cotton balls for the second year's "cotton" theme, an empty tin can for the 10th anniversary "tin" item, a new toilet or toilet lid for the porcelain theme of the 18th year or a picture of China for the 20th anniversary "china."
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